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THE BRIDGE WORLD

The Language of Bridge

Item ImageThe Language of Bridge
by Kit Woolsey
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317 pages. Paperback.

Kit Woolsey's first new bridge book in 35 years is aimed at an intermediate audience, but with plenty of insights for advanced and expert players. This book examines the communication between partners as they work together to reach the best contract or try to defeat declarer's contract on defense. Kit brings his unique take on the game to the subject of partnership communication -- thinking about bidding as a language and the auction as a conversation. Kit's unique way of thinking about the game, coupled with his clear and systematic way of explaining concepts, make this an invaluable learning tool for the advancing player and a must-have for any bridge enthusiast's library. Bridge is a game of communication between partners. As such, the methods of communication used in bridge -- the bids we make during the auction and cards we play on defense -- constitute a language. Understanding how to speak that language requires more than learning what the different "words" mean; one must know how and why to use these "words." Like words in a sentence, an individual bid's meaning will be augmented and amplified by the context of the auction and sequence of other bids. In order to learn to speak this language fluently, we also have to learn to think correctly. As when we are speaking English, we use our bridge language ("Bringlish") in the pursuit of a goal. The goal of bidding is to get to the best contract, not to follow some rules or "describe your hand." The goal of defense is setting the contract or taking the maximum number of tricks, not telling partner what you hold or giving the "right" signal. Kit Woolsey tackles this subject in characteristic style: clear and logical analysis, supported by numerous example hands.